5 Side Hustle Ideas for Canadians (That Work) 2021

5 Side Hustle Ideas for Canadians (That Work) 2021

Being Jamaica/Canadian 🇯🇲🇨🇦 ourselves, we've often get asked how to start a side hustle. While most of them are not generated by Canadians themselves but rather Americans and so on, it doesn't change the fact that you still need to work with the tools you have in hand rather than trying to hop around from one thing to another and end up getting burned.

Earning money on the side is a great way to pay down debts more quickly, save for a big purchase, or get a running start towards financial independence. Some of the best side hustle ideas are low-hassle and will put extra cash in your pocket without taking up too much of your time.

How many times have you turned to the Internet, searching for ways to make money from home? That's a common question. A Google search for "ways to make money online" brings up over 20 million results. It's hard to know where to start. You want something that will help you improve your financial situation with less time investment than, say, creating a new business.

1. Sell on Etsy

  • Earning Potential: High
  • Difficulty: High
  • Flexibility: Very Flexible
  • Cost: 10 cents per post

It's the Canadian dream to have a "side hustle," and making money with an Etsy account is an easy way to realize it. You must have heard about the success stories of people who started making money on this platform and turned it into a proper business.

2. Sell on RedBubble

  • Earning Potential: High
  • Difficulty: Low
  • Flexibility: Very Flexible
  • Cost: Free

One of the most significant changes in online selling is wide-scale printing. In the past few years, print on demand has opened up a massive range of new products for independent artists, and two of the industry-leading platforms are Redbubble and Society6. Both sites feature a modern, sleek design with matching product pages — and both use their unique selling points to help you make as much money as possible from your art.

RedBubble seems to have gone after the more artistic and indie artists, many of whom seem to prefer the site over other POD sites. Rather than just being shirt salespeople, RedBubble reps (from what I've seen) are more willing to help and connect with designers/artists. Take a peek at the RedBubble portfolio page for a sample of their work—it's impressive.

Pro Hustle Tip: The Success Formula ;) for RedBubble = Views * Conversion rate [decimal] * average commission ($)

We can see there are three factors to being successful on RedBubble

  1. Views
  2. Conversion
  3. Commission
  • Earning Potential: High
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Flexibility: Flexible

We've used Uber and Sidecar several times since they came to my city. I like this option for a fun night out, when a group of friends wants to bar hop, or if I'm traveling and need a ride. The pay is decent. For example, I went grocery shopping and used the grocery delivery feature in the app. It cost $2.55, and there was no tip involved since it was my first time using it.

4. Grocery Delivery

Instacart has been on our radar for some time when Sanjay, little brother, mentioned he's currently using the service; Instacart is an online grocery delivery company that is completely changing the way we grocery shop. All you need to do is place an order, then someone does all your shopping, and within a couple of hours (or a timeframe of your choice), your groceries will be delivered to your doorstep. It is the perfect solution for a busy lifestyle. So why should you care? By getting into this industry early, you will have access to many potential customers with the opportunity to grow your business organically through word of mouth. 

5. Podcast

There are many reasons why you should kick back and relax with excellent podcasts. Some listen to build their business while others use it to find personal growth or just get away from their daily stresses. There's something for everyone! The following list includes my top picks of the best podcast episodes for you. Whether you're busy running on autopilot or just want something to listen to while doing something new, these shows will help support your listening experience throughout the day long.

Podcasts have blown up over the past few years. With more and more people aware of how convenient they are to listen to on the go and more and more willing to spend money on them, the opportunity to express oneself through these mediums is at an all-time high. Podcasts fit well with our busy lives. They're portable and easy to access at a moment's notice; all it takes is a set of earbuds and a device with internet access. They also create a feeling of connection between the listener and the host. The intimacy of audio makes us feel like we're part of a cozy conversation— we get to listen like we're the only ones in the room. If you have never tried listening to an audiobook or podcast, here are some reasons why you should give it a shot.

Ensure that you have the leader of these top 5 Characteristics of an Entrepreneurial Spirit:

How to Think Like an Entrepreneur

  1. Goal-Oriented
  2. Learning-Oriented
  3. Self-Aware
  4. Growth-Oriented
  5. Decisive

What are you gonna start, huh? 

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